Orlando Magic, Chase and Jameer Nelson Participate in “Day of Service” with Court Refurbishment at Mollie Ray Elementary

By Josh Cohen
Jan. 18, 2014

ORLANDO -- Jameer Nelson has been a part of many community events throughout his 10 years with the Orlando Magic and every time he donates his time to another function it’s gratifying for him to see all the growth and achievements.

It was another vitalizing day for Nelson on Saturday, January 18 when he joined Community Ambassadors Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw, Magic Dancers and other volunteers from the Magic and Chase in a court refurbishment and basketball clinic outside Mollie Ray Elementary School in the Pine Hills community of Orlando.

“It’s very important to give back and I’ve been fortunate enough to be a role model to be a part of this,” Nelson said. “Mr. DeVos and the DeVos family have taught me how to give back. You have to enjoy your time out here and I definitely enjoy it.”

Nelson contributed to the basketball clinic by showing the children fundamentals, including how to properly dribble, pass and shoot. He also emphasized the importance of fitness and staying healthy by participating in daily exercise-related activities.

“We as athletes always stay fit and in shape and we need to deliver that message to younger kids and parents of how important it is to eat the right things,” Nelson said. “It also helps out with their education.”

Prior to the start of the mini-camp, students of the school and other volunteers contributed to a Magic-themed mural painting service directly next to the court.

The Magic and Chase also spent time honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Students of the school performed a very special musical routine to help pay tribute to MLK and his remarkable accomplishments and influential messages.

As Champion of the Community partners, the Magic and Chase have been working together on community projects that impact and benefit Central Florida. Together, they have refurbished four community sports facilities in the area including Mollie Ray Elementary with a goal of completing 10 total courts.

“We are trying to create a safe and desirable place for kids to play basketball,” said Ann Reinert, Vice President of Community Relations and Global Philanthropy at Chase. “Partnering with the Magic is a perfect way to help contribute to the community.”

To learn more about the Magic in the community, please visit http://www.nba.com/magic/magic-in-the-community